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Tourist Studies developed as a sub-branch of older disciplines in the social sciences, such as anthropology, sociology and economics, and newer applied fields of study in hospitality management, civil rights and transport studies. This Handbook is a sign of the maturity of the field. It provides an essential resource for teachers and students to determine the roots, key issues, and agenda of Tourism Studies.

Introduction: The Evolution and Contemporary Positioning of Tourism as a Focus of Study
Introduction: The evolution and contemporary positioning of tourism as a focus of study
The Purpose of Tourism Studies

At first glance the idea of tourism as a focal point for serious academic enquiry does appear rather incongruous. Intellectualizing a seemingly frivolous leisure practice, rather feels like stretching things a little far. Studying people's vacations, from whatever perspective, sounds somewhat inconsequential, if not vaguely voyeuristic. And yet, here we are offering a Handbook. For while the idea of studying tourism can still conjure up concerns regarding its legitimacy, both among the tourism sector and the wider academy, it continues to flourish after a period of over 35 years; the very time when the patterns and ...

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